The risks of a dermal teardrop anchor

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The risks of a dermal teardrop anchor
Micro-dermals are a more permanent alternative to traditional piercings. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A dermal teardrop anchor is a way of having a facial piercing below the eye without using an actual piercing gun. The jewel is inserted below the skin and anchored into place. This gives the wearer the effect of having jewels painted or glued onto their skin, but without the messy or unsightly ends of the balls. There are, however, risks to getting a dermal teardrop anchor.

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Inward Traveling Infection

Normally when the body has an infection, specifically on the skin, it can produce a duct within the pores to push the infection outside the body. However, specifically in the case of dermal teardrop anchors, the infection can actually grow in the reverse direction. This can lead to the infected area bursting below the skin and the infection travelling into the bloodstream. This can be extremely dangerous in that the blood can allow faster delivery of the infection, thereby becoming possibly fatal.


Keloids are piercing-related bumps that raise above the skin. They are dark in colour and can be rather itchy. One method used to treat keloids is to rub the pierced area with tea tree oil several times a day. This keeps the area moist and unable to produce the scarred, raised tissue commonly seen around keloids. This is a common problem in people who also engage in tattooing and voluntary scarification.


As with any type of body piercing procedure, the chance of bruising around the injection site is always present. This can be slight or, depending upon your ability to bruise, can become quite dark. In most cases, this bruising is temporary, so take care of the bruising over the next several days and wait for it to disappear. If it does not subside within 10 days, consult your physician before taking further action.

Implant Rejection

In extreme cases, the implant can cause so much irritation the skin peels away, thereby exposing the implant. Once this occurs, the implant is lost and there is no way to retrieve it. If you suspect your implant is being rejected, consult your physician or the person who did the implanting for further instruction.

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